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STRUCTURAL VELCRO FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
5064
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
5064
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
FOSTER-MILLER, INC.
350 Second Ave. Waltham, MA 02451
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: STRUCTURAL VELCRO FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,981.00
 

Abstract:

FOSTER-MILLER, INC. HAS DEVELOPED A NEW STRUCTURAL CLOSURE TECHNOLOGY THAT IS POTENTIALLY VERY ATTRACTIVE FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS. THIS TECHNOLOGY IS BASED ON THE "VELCRO" CONCEPT OF A "TOUGH AND CLOSE" EASILY MADE CLOSURE COMPOSED OF MANY SMALL ELEMENTS THAT ENGAGE OR HOOK. HOWEVER, UNLIKEREGULAR VELCRO, TENSILE FORCES AS HIGH AS 100 PSI WITH SLIGHT PRESSURE ENGAGEMENT HAVE BEEN OBTAINED. THE ATTACHMENTS CAN BE PRODUCED FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF MATERIALSINCLUDING ENGINEERING PLASTICS AND REFRACTORY METALS. THE RUGGED STRUCTURAL NATURE OF THESE ATTACHMENTS COUPLED WITH THEIR EASE OF ASSEMBLY AND DISASSEMBLY MAKE THEM CANDIDATES FOR MANY SPACE RELATED APPLICATIONS. THESE MAY INCLUDE ATTACHMENTS FOR SPACE STATION METEOR BUMPERS, REPLACEMENT SOLAR PANELS, MODULE SHELVING, STRUCTURAL STRUTS, UTILITY LINES,PIPE LINES, FUEL LINES, INSTRUMENTATION AND AUXILIARY SUBSYSTEM DEVICES. THE DEVELOPMENT IS IN AN EARLY STAGE ANDHAS NOT YET BEEN APPLIED TO SPACE APPLICATION. THE WORK PROPOSED HERE FOR PHASE I WILL DEVELOP THE STRUCTURAL ATTACHMENT DESIGNS AND CONSTRUCT PROTOTYPES TO DEMONSTRATE THE USEFULNESS OF THE TECHNOLOGY IN SPACE STRUCTURES.

Principal Investigator:


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Business Contact:

Paul J. Marinaccio
Investigator
Small Business Information at Submission:

Foster-miller Inc.
350 Second Ave Waltham, MA 02254

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No